Reconciling Two Bodies of Thought

But what was the sun like,
before it came up?

Walter de la Mare

Just as the Church initially sought to interpret Jesus as the glory of the people of Israel, so during the early years of the Christian faith it turned to interpreting him as the light of revelation long expected and foreshadowed in the cultures of many Gentiles. From the rich cultural cache of Greco-Roman civilization, Christian thinkers seized upon a wide swath of symbols and ideas that they believed to be arrows directing the Gentile community towards Christ. Although they could not have known it at the time, the theologians who attempted to reconcile these two bodies of thought were engaged in the task of grappling with what became the two pillars of western civilization - Greco-Roman culture and Christian faith.
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